- Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:26
The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz has focused attention on genocide and the need to avoid any further atrocities in future. The issue of whether the term genocide can be applied to the use of nuclear weapons was considered by the International Court of Justice in its 1996 Advisory Opinion on the threat or use of nuclear weapons. The Court concluded that it would depend on the circumstances whether or not a nuclear attack constituted genocide -
- Published on Friday, 23 January 2015 10:03
Since 1947 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has each year set the "Doomsday Clock" to illustrate how close the world is to nuclear war. The clock has just been moved 2 minutes closer and now stands at 3 minutes to midnight. One reason is that the nuclear-armed nations, including the UK, are all modernising their arsenals of nuclear weapons.
The move comes as the House of Commons rejected an SNP motion which had said that Trident should not be renewed. The final decision on this £100 billion programme will be made in 2016 by the MPs elected in May's General Election.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:10
MPs voted on the issue of Trident renewal on 20 January, on a motion put down by the SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens. See this list of how Scottish MPs voted. All 6 SNP MPs voted against Trident renewal. 7 Scottish Labour MPs voted against, 12 voted for and 21 were not present. 1 Scottish Lib Dem MP voted against, 1 voted for and 9 were not present. The 1 Scottish Conservative MP voted for Trident renewal. See Hansard for the full debate.
- Published on Monday, 19 January 2015 12:04
MPs will debate Trident on Tuesday afternoon (20 January) in the House of Commons.
The motion submitted the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party says:
"That this house believes that Trident should not be renewed".
Please contact your MP to ask them to attend the debate and to vote against Trident. You can do this on writetothem.com
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- Published on Monday, 12 January 2015 21:19
Nuclear weapons are not like custard powder. The customer does not use them up and then need to come back to buy some more. So if you make nuclear weapons and all your customers have them, what do you do? This is just one problem raised by campaigners from the Los Alamos Study Group during a recent visit to Scotland.
- Published on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:19
The Ministry of Defence have ignored warnings of wind, rain and snow and driven nuclear weapons across the country, through Glasgow and over the Erskine Bridge. The convoy of four nuclear bomb lorries plus a very large escort left the Atomic Wepons Establishment at Burghfield in Berkshire at 9 am on Sunday 11 January. It was probably transporting new nuclear weapons to Scotland. It was tracked across the country by Nukewatch. The convoy was filmed as it passed Birmingham on the M6 earlier in the day (youtube video). (Photo: @BrumNewsPhotos)